Réponse de la Pologne concernant ses élevages à fourrure :
With reply to the email of 6 September 2019 regarding the question on the potential introduction of a prohibition to breed fur animals in Poland, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development shall kindly inform as follows.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development sustains his existing position that he may not accept the proposal to introduce a prohibition to breed fur species recognised in Poland as farm animals, i.e. red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), American mink (Mustela vison), European polecat (Mustela putorius), raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), coypu (Myocastor coypus), common chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera) and European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), due to the fact that breeding of these animals in Poland provides jobs being a source of income for breeders and their families and for many people related to widely understood service of the fur industry. In addition, carnivorous fur animals naturally utilise animal by-products not intended for human consumption, which are sold to breeders of those animals. In the absence of a possibility of feeding carnivorous fur animals with by-products not intended for human consumption, they will need to be utilised using methods which, according to establishments in both the fish industry and meat and poultry industry, will entail a need for these establishments to incur considerable expenses, which will result in the deteriorated production profitability of these establishments.
In view of the above, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development does not carry out any legislative work aimed at introducing a prohibition to breed fur animals in Poland.
Also, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development is of opinion that the issues of human and environmental protection against the negative effects of facilities with a large concentration of animals, including fur animals, as well as of animal protection, including during their breeding or rearing, are very important. It is obvious that the location, construction and operation of facilities keeping fur animals in a manner inconsistent with the applicable legislation, against the protests of local residents and self-government authorities, agricultural and social organisations, as well as the non-compliance with the animal protection rules should not exist.